Today is Kyle’s birthday, so it seems fitting that I gift him with a few more sneak peeks of he and Jack’s amazing Plymouth wine country wedding day. Jack and Kyle not only live in Amador Country wine country, but they are fully immersed in it: their home is atop a 360 degree view of vineyards and Jack works for Scott Harvey Wines. If you haven’t had a taste of what Scott Harvey has been producing lately, then you are missing out. I recommend picking up a bottle of 2013 1869 Zinfandel today!
The boys wanted a completely relaxed backyard affair on their private estate, surrounded by friends and family. Food, wine, family, and friends are important to this couple and the day completely focused on all of these things. Scott Harvey wines were poured liberally and the team from Sacramento favorites Mother and Empress pulled out all the stops with a farro burrata salad, grilled oysters, roasted potatoes with beer soaked melted cheese, unbelievably tender meat and sturgeon.
In order to really focus on their relationships with loved ones, the day was completely and incredibly unstructured. The plan was two-fold, completely unconventional and I, of course, loved it: folks would show up in the late afternoon for appetizers, wines and cocktails and lawn games and then, at my word (yes, mine!), we moved everyone under an incredibly ancient and gorgeous oak tree, overlooking the sunset and vineyards for the ceremony. Post ceremony, we moved back to the lawn for an al fresco evening dining experience under the stars. Their ceremony was officiated by two of their best friends and both myself and, I think it’s safe to say, almost all of their guests cried almost the entire time. In between tears of poignant joy and love for these two boys, we were all laughing hysterically thanks to gems like a “name-that-romantic-comedy” game that was played in the middle. It was an incredibly tender and moving ceremony that left me feeling in awe of the sheer amount of love that can be given, shared, and accepted in the world.
The events of the last few days have left me heartbroken and distraught. You know it’s bad when I can’t listen to NPR. These two incredible men and the beautiful people that surrounded them on their wedding day are remarkable examples of the possibility and far reaching effects of love: it envelopes you in warmth and joy, shares and forgives, laughs and cries, and is an enduring example of the goodness of humanity. I have to believe that love, and in turn, empathy and kindness, will always prevail in our world.